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Finding The Right Fit: Workplace Culture

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Are you the type of person that thrives in open, community workspaces, or do you need your own quiet space to work?

Do you want ping-pong tournaments during lunch and a corporate cafeteria, or do you want to eat out most days?

Is wearing jeans at work important to you, or would you love to wear formal business attire every day?

Do you want a best friend at work, or do you prefer to keep your work and personal life separate?

These questions may seem silly to think about when you are searching for a job, but they are important. You are putting so much time and effort into finding a job, do you really want to leave after 6 months because you can’t stand the culture? It could easily happen if you don’t think through questions like those listed above before taking a job.

Workplace culture is different from company to company. Corporate vs. agency, government vs. private sector, small company vs. Fortune 500, locally owned vs. publicly owned. Each of these workplaces offer very different environments for their employees. There are a lot of options to consider as you search for a job that will be the perfect fit for you. Check out the company’s website and social media accounts to get a glimpse into what life would be like as an employee. If you have connections, ask a few people what they like and dislike about the workplace culture. If you have an interview, chat with the receptionist and other people you meet there.

Here are some great questions to ask if you want to find out more about a company’s culture (courtesy of The Muse’ “The Best Interview Questions to Ask if You Want the Truth About Company Culture

  1. What makes you proud to work at this company?

  2. How does the organization support your professional development and career growth?

  3. Is risk-taking encouraged, and what happens when people fail?

  4. What’s one thing you would change about the company if you could?

  5. What causes conflict, and how is conflict resolved?

  6. How would you describe “organizational politics” at the company?

  7. When and how do people like to give and receive feedback?

  8. What are some of the ways the company celebrates success?

  9. What kind of flexible work arrangements do people have?

  10. Do you have a matching gifts program or sponsor local volunteer events?

What you learn can help you make the decision to accept or refuse a job offer.

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Posted on October 25, 2017 and filed under Career.

When Career Stress Hits Around the Holidays

Family, hosting, traveling, cooking, shopping, routine shifting - the holidays can leave you with a lot of stress. While everyone wants to enjoy the holidays, the stress of the season can be made even worse when everything is not going well for you at work or if you’re on the job hunt. Handling the stress is important for many reasons - you want to be pleasant to be around for the sake of your friends and family, you want to enjoy the holidays, you don’t want anything on your list to fall through the cracks, and most importantly you want your health!

Here are some tips to help manage the stress through the end of the year craziness:

  • Manage expectations at work and at home. Don’t commit to projects that will put your already overflowing to do list over the edge. Make sure your family and friends are clear on when, how, and for how long you’ll be participating in the holidays. If you make your plan clear, there won’t be surprises for anyone.

  • Set realistic goals. You might want to do it all and impress the socks off of, well, everyone, but that’s not healthy or effective when stress is mounting. Plan as much as you can around the holidays and make sure your goals are achievable.

  • Get help. Too much on your plate? Ask a colleague for assistance or to take on a task from your list. Ask your family to allow you to skip cooking this year so you can focus on your resume or job search. Explain your situation and they’ll likely be happy to help.

  • Try time management techniques. These can help you break down your tasks into smaller chunks which makes them more manageable. The can also make you feel a little more at ease knowing that you have allocated time for everything on your list! The Pomodoro technique is a great one to try.

  • Balance work and play. Don’t procrastinate and leave everything on your to do list until the last minute. That is NEVER a good idea. On the other hand, you don’t need to skip all of the fun stuff because of your massive list. Figure out what needs done now, and leave the other stuff for later. It will still be waiting for you after you’ve enjoyed Thanksgiving dinner with family.What are the best ways you’ve found to deal with stress around the holidays? We’d love to hear from you - leave a comment below!

 

Posted on December 1, 2016 .